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Addendum to Moments of Gamma type and the Brownian supremum process area

By Svante Janson


I am grateful to Jim Pitman for pointing out several further relevant references. The integral (5.6) yielding the density function fX(x) is known as an H-function (provided each bj> 0, which we can assume by Theorem 4.1), see Fox [6] and Mathai, Saxena and Haubold [10]; more precisely, fX(x) = CD −1 H(x/D), where H is an H-function with appropriate parameters determined by aj, bj, a ′ k, b ′ k. (The H-functions include many special functions. However, they are in general not positive, and thus usually not density functions.) Hence, the class of distributions studied in this paper is essentially (ignoring cases such as Example 3.13, when the integral (5.6) does not converge) the same as the class of distributions with a density of the type kH(cx) for an H-function H. Such distributions are called H-function distributions by Carter and Springer [2] and H distributions by Kaluszka and Krysicki [7], see also [10, Chapter 4]. Formulas (rather complicated) for the density of a sum of several independent such variables are given by Mathai and Saxena [8]. Braaksma [1] developed asymptotic expansions of H-functions in great detail and generality, including large parts of the results in our Section 6. A special case of the H-function is the Meijer G-function [11], obtained when all aj, a ′ k = ±1 in our notation. Distributions with moments of Gamma type with all aj, a ′ k = ±1 (and D = 1) are thus essentially the same as distributions with a density that is a constant times a G function; such distributions are called G distributions by Dufresne [4, 5]; see also Mathai and Saxena [9]. (Dufresne [4, 5] include the case when some of our bj, b ′ k are complex and give an interesting example of this, cf. our Remark 11.3.) The special case when all aj, a ′ k = 1 is studied further by, e.g., Chamayou and Letac [3] (there called Dufresne laws). The Meijer G-function is implemented in both Mathematica and Maple as MeijerG. This allows the use of these programs to plot densities of random variables identified only by their moments if these are of Gamma type with all aj, a ′ k = ±1. See also Weisstein [12, 13] and the further references given there

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